I recently read a pre-release copy of The Rebel Allocator by Jacob Taylor. It is a wonderful book filled with timeless lessons of business and capital allocation beautifully written as a novel. It is a page turner. It will be an instant classic. You can buy it on Amazon [HERE]
Jacob Taylor has these beautiful little nuggets and stories thrown in throughout the entire book. Here is one excerpt:
“I was hiking in the woods one day as a much younger man and went through a section of forest where there had been a fire. I couldn’t help but notice the only thing growing were pine tree saplings. That got me wondering why these green pine trees were the first thing to make a comeback after a fire. I asked a botanist friend of mine and it turns out conifer trees have evolved a very clever strategy. Do you have any idea what it might be?”
“No clue, Mr. X,” I said.
“As you probably know, pine trees release cones that fall to the ground, tumble a bit, and then just sit there. Sometimes for years and years. Big deal, right? But here’s where nature gets interesting. Eventually a fire comes along. The flames introduce a new environmental dynamic. The soil becomes richly fertilized by the fire’s ashes. Sunlight is suddenly plentiful as trees and brush are burned away. After years of sitting dormant on the forest floor, the patient pine cone springs into action. The heat from the fire opens up the seed pods and releases into the fertile environment where the fledgling pines quickly take hold. Their usual competition has been wiped out – it’s a whole new ecological ball game. The pine cones on the forest floor wait to take advantage of the eventual disruption, and it’s proven a very effective survival strategy. But it requires extreme patience.”
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